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WatchOS 7 – Apple’s New Watch Handwashing Feature Explained!

Many people overlooked this aspect until recently, but washing hands is extremely important.

Unfortunately, a great deal of the worldwide population needed a pandemic to understand that.

Washing your hands protects you against germs and keeps you from spreading them IF you do it correctly – but most people don’t.

A study promoted by Apple revealed that nearly 95% of us don’t wash too fast, use water, but no soap or don’t wash at all.

Apple developed a feature for the Apple Watch to increase the likelihood of adequately washing your hands.

Your Apple Watch can display a countdown to help you wash your hands for 20 seconds, the recommended duration by the WHO ( World Health Organization).

The countdown feature provides haptic feedback when it starts and ends, so you don’t need to interact with the device while you wash your hands.

The good thing is that you don’t even need to start the counter – it does it all automatically when you start washing your hands.

That is thanks to watchOS 7’s ability to detect when you rub your hands and listen for specific sounds.

Turning On The Feature

Here are the steps you must follow to turn on the handwashing feature:

  • Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
  • Scroll down and tap Handwashing
  • Turn on the Handwashing Timer toggle
  • Do the same with the handwashing reminder. When turned on, you will get a notification if you haven’t washed your hands within a few minutes of returning home.

The neat aspect of the new update is that you can also track your handwashing stats on your iPhone in the designated menu.

Though the feature might seem redundant since many people consider that they properly wash their hands-on time, studies proved the contrary, so we might as well listen to science.



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